Kronos Survey: Employees Skip Work to Watch Sports Instead

Computerworld May 22, 2012
Kronos Survey: Employees Skip Work to Watch Sports Instead
The survey found that 48% of Indian employees admitted to calling in sick to work so they could stay home and watch or attend a sporting event such as the IPL.

A new global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that employees around the world have, to varying degrees, called in sick to work over a sporting event.

James Thomas, country manager- India, Kronos, was quoted in the press release as saying, "(This is) A very timely report to see how unplanned absence can be an even bigger challenge during the days of IPL. We are glad to bring attention of corporates to manage absences better in India, and provide practical insights to employee behavior and trends"

Conducted across Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S, the "Sidelined by Sports" survey came out with some interesting findings.

At 58%, China had the highest figure for percentage of employees who admitted to calling in sick to work so that they could stay home and watch or attend a sporting event. For India that figure stood at 48% - managers should now be able to make sense of all those absences during the current IPL season.

The figures for the other regions are as follows: U.K. with 24 percent, Mexico with 21 percent, Australia with 19 percent, Canada with 13 percent, and the U.S. with 11 percent. Interestingly, in France only one percent of the employees reported to haven been absent from office to watch a sporting event.

Similarly, a good number of respondents also said that they had called in sick the day after a sporting event because they were up late watching/attending it: 54 percent in China, 41 percent in India, 23 percent in the U.K., 19 percent in Australia, 16 percent in Mexico, nine percent in Canada, seven percent in the U.S., and one percent in France.

Moreover, when it came to calling in sick to play a sport themselves, 49 percent of people in China agreed to doing this, followed by India with 38 percent, Mexico with 18 percent, the U.K. with 16 percent, Australia with 10 percent, Canada with seven percent, the U.S. with five percent, and France with zero.

Whether they stayed home to watch it on television, attended it live, played the sport themselves, or needed a day off after staying up late to watch, sports had a significant impact on attendance at work.

While any sports fan would be happy to see the growing popularity of sports in India, these sports induced absences don’t bode all to well for the companies. To illustrate this point consider what a recent survey conducted by Mercer and sponsored by Kronos found: unscheduled absences – such as when an employee calls in sick at the last minute – cost organizations 8.7 percent of payroll each year.